Grade Four


Fourth Grade is a time of transition for students. They move into the intermediate section of the school, get to be lunch servers, musicians in Mass, and maintain their own assignment books. It is an exciting year, filled with new challenges and growth for the students.

Religious instruction in the Fourth Grade focuses on the Beatitudes, Ten Commandments, and continuing to learn the Sacraments and the importance of the Church. As a service project, we visit Harmony River monthly to celebrate Mass with residents and spend time together.

In the Fourth Grade, Reading and Spelling go hand-in-hand as students learn about spelling patterns and base word parts, using both to enhance vocabulary and spelling skills. As these skills improve, we continue to work on reading comprehension, fluency, and strategies for reading. Our main goal is to try to get kids to love to read.

Science is divided into three units of study. We start with Life and learn about plants and animals. The next unit is Physical, where we learn about mass, matter, and density. The Earth is the next unit, where we cover geology and weather.

Fourth Grade students participate in Junior Achievement, a program that helps students to understand the basics of finances and business through hands-on programs and lessons.

Each year we take a class field trip. Past trips have included Nature Field Day for 4th Graders in McLeod County, Fort Snelling, and the Basilica of St. Mary’s.

We enjoy partnering with the Second Grade students to do different activities throughout the year. It is a great way for them to develop relationships and help the younger kids.

We utilize SMART Boards to enhance student learning.

Focus on Curriculum

Reading/Spelling: Reading comprehension, fluency, reading strategies, and weekly spelling tests.

English: We cover 6 of the 8 parts of speech, writing complete sentences, and making sure that we use all of the parts of a sentence when writing.

Math: Mastering facts and tackling topics such as long division, adding/subtracting fractions, measurement, time, and money. Saxon is the current math series we are using.

Social Studies: Students learn about U.S. Geography, 50 states and capitals, and how our government works.

Science: Three primary units of study (life, physical, Earth).

Religion: Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, The Seven Sacraments

Music: Fourth Grade students learn to play the recorder

Special Events

  • Monthly – As a special service project, we visit Harmony River to celebrate Mass with residents.
  • May – Nature Field Day, an environmental learning day with all Fourth Graders in McLeod County
  • May – Field trip to the State Capitol and The Minnesota Museum, or Fort Snelling and The Basilica (alternate years)

Service / Mission Projects

  • Gifts for shut-ins


Mrs. Julie Vasek

Phone: (320) 587-2490



  • I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in elementary education.
  • I currently reside in Silver Lake, MN.
  • I taught at Holy Family Catholic School in Silver Lake, MN for 25 plus years.
  • My husband and I have one daughter, three sons, a son in law, a daughter in law and three grandsons and a granddaughter.
  • I love spending time with my family, reading books, working on my flower gardens, shopping at flea markets and antique stores and my favorite activity, teaching!


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School Supplies List 2017-2018

Please note the school will be purchasing the products such as kleenex, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, baggies, etc.  These items will be purchased as needed throughout the school year.  There will be a $13.00 fee per student which will be collected after school begins.